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Study Medicine in Bulgaria at Sofia Medical University

Sofia Medical University

Located in: Bulgaria

Sofia's medical university is located in the capital of Bulgaria. Established in 1917, it's the oldest and most prestigious university of medicine in Bulgaria. It offers four faculties for medical studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health, all of which are taught in English for international students.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
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Graduate Entry
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Entrance Exam
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Living Costs
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The curricula for the academic year
2022/2023 are now available.

About Sofia Medical University, Bulgaria

The Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University of Sofia was founded in 1917 and is the oldest medical faculty in Bulgaria. It has always strived to be a regional leader among other medical schools in the country. That’s why, since its inception, the university has kept increasing the quality of education over the years, so it could become one of the best places to study medicine in Europe. And it did.

Medical University Sofia accepts 400 students in the medicine-in-English course and 80 in the dentistry-in-English course. MU Sofia is located in the city centre, Sofia 1431, blvd. “Acad. Ivan Geshov” № 15.

Extracurricular and Leisure Activities

There are several student organisations of interest for aspiring doctors. The Student Council is a natural choice for people with leadership qualities. On the other hand, the Medical Students Association seems mandatory for everyone with a future in medicine. Finally, the European Club for Ecology and Sustainable Development attracts socially active students who like to champion causes.

Furthermore, future doctors can take part in research programmes and research competitions. The latter enables students to propose their own research projects to the university. Winners receive official funding and the opportunity to create history.

Medical University of Sofia Tuition Fees

The university teaches the following courses in English: medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, and it takes 6, 5,5, and 5 years to complete, respectively. Medicine and dentistry tuition fees are ~€9,000per year, while pharmacy is ~€6000 per year. Living expenses amount to around €900 per month.

Sofia Medical University doesn’t offer a graduate-entry medicine, but it accepts transfers from other medical schools. Each academic year covers 60 ECTS credits in this university. Transfer students with academic differences may need to study any missing subjects, on top of the usual subjects, in the year they are transfering to at this university. In this case, transfer students would have to pay approximately EUR 133 per extra credit on top of the usual annual tuition fees. This applies if the student has some subjects missing in their transcript compared to the University of Sofia's curriculum. The extra credits are in addition to the usual curriculum and sequence of subjects in Bulgaria. For example, if you are transferring into the 3rd year of medicine, but you are missing "Social Medicine" (5 ECTS) then you'd be accepted into the third year on condition that you study "Social Medicine" on top of all of the subjects of the third year. Therefore, an additional fee to cover the teaching hours provided to you in "Social Medicine" would be EUR 133 per credit. In total, 5 ECTS multiplied by EUR 133, coming to a total of EUR 665, on top of the annual tuition fee of EUR 9000.

Submission of documents costs €35, and the fees for the exams in Chemistry, Biology and English are €200 in total.

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Medical University of Sofia Admission & Entry Requirements

Admission of EU and EEC and Confederation Switzerland citizens:

  • The deadline for the admission of documents is from mid-July to mid-September.
  • Exams in English, Biology, and Chemistry* are usually done a few days after the application window ends.
  • Results and rankings follow 2 or 3 days after the exams.

*If one of the exam components is not taken successfully, the exam is considered failed. The results of the written works are final.
Students are ranked based on their final high school grade in Biology and Chemistry and their final entry test score. Students must apply before early September at the latest. The sooner you apply, the higher your chance of acceptance.

Medlink Students will create a strong file for you that allows you to out-compete other applicants. We will provide you with sample papers of the entrance exam and past questions and answers to ensure you ace the test at Sofia Medical University.

The entrance test is carried out at the university itself. There, our students who currently study at the faculty will meet you. They will support you and advise you on the best practices for success while studying medicine abroad at Sofia Medical University.

Contact us now and learn about all the ways we can make your admission easier.

Transfer To The Medical University Of Sofia

As well as admission into the first year, we help students transfer from their medical school to Sofia Medical School.

Sofia Medical University Accreditation

MU Sofia is an accredited university, and the diploma is internationally recognised.

Sofia Medical University holds accreditation from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Education and Science and the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in Bulgaria.

The GMC recognises the Medical University of Sofia. To be accepted, the GMC’s requirements are: you will need to have graduated successfully in a course that included at least 5,500 hours and lasted at least three years.

Accommodation at the Medical University of Sofia

Although there are dormitories available for MUS, they are situated far from the university, around 30 minutes walking distance. International students in Sofia usually prefer to rent a flat close to the university.

Prices for a one-bedroom apartment vary between €275 – €420 per month, which is affordable, given that Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. We advise you to look into the tenancy option because it will make your life so much easier.

In the vicinity of the Medical University of Sofia, you can find all kinds of entertainment – cafeterias, restaurants, shopping centers, clubs, parks, and more. There are several large shopping malls in the city which will take you a few minutes to get to by using the subway.

Life as a Medical Student in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, and with a population of 1.5 million people, it is no wonder it hosts more than 105,000 students in higher education. Young scholars have plenty of opportunities not only for leisure and entertainment but for growth and maturity as well.

The scenic Vitosha mountain towers over the city, and it is a constant source of beauty and recreation. Students often spend their weekends hiking the trails, skiing the slopes, or climbing the peaks and then pursuing their studies with renewed vigour.

However, leaving the city is not the only way to get in contact with nature since Sofia has several large parks and many city gardens to explore. While some are quiet havens for relaxation and introspection, others are excellent locations for sport and recreation.

Speaking of recreation, Sofia has a rich cultural life to explore. There are several theatres, operas, and concert halls. International stars are frequent guests, and students can witness plenty of monumental events and shows in the capital of Bulgaria.

The city also offers glorious landmarks for young explorers. The St. Sophia Church and the Rotunda Church of St. George are 17 centuries old, and they have operated since Roman times. While those two are the oldest temples, there are other glorious churches, mosques, and synagogues within the city.

Sofia is an excellent city for young people who enjoy a dynamic lifestyle. Students have an abundance of events to choose from, and most of them are perfect for networking.

Term Dates

The academic year for first-year students admitted who are taught in English in MedicineDental Medicine, and Pharmacy starts in October every year.

Accommodation Costs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sofia Medical University Bulgaria accredited?

The Sofia Medical University is officially recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. The GMC recognises the university. Therefore your MD degree will be recognised worldwide, and you will be able to practise medicine everywhere.

Does Sofia Medical University offer a graduate entry medicine programme?

Unfortunately no. We will update you if there is such a possibility in the future.

Can I transfer to Medical University of Sofia?

Absolutely yes! Sofia Medical University accepts student transfers from another medical school.

How much do the tuition fees cost at Sofia Medical University?

Medicine and dentistry cost €9,000 per year. Pharmacy is €6000 per year.

Where is Sofia Medical University?

The university is located in Sofia, Bulgaria. The city lies in Sofia valley, in the feet of Vitosha mountain. The address is Sofia 1431, blvd. “Acad. Ivan Geshov” № 15

Can you study medicine in English at Sofia Medical University?

Yes. You can study medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy in English.

Does Sofia Medical University have graduates registered with the GMC?

Yes. The university has over 300 graduates registered with the UK General Medical Council.

Is there an entrance examination for Sofia Medical University?

Yes. There are entry exams in Biology, Chemistry, and English.

What are the entry requirements for Sofia Medical University?

There are entrance exams in Biology, Chemistry, and English. The exam results are the basis for admission to the university.

What are the term dates for Sofia Medical University?

The academic year starts in October, and the first semester lasts until February. The second semester begins in mid-February and lasts until the end of May.

Is Sofia Medical University good?

The Medical University of Sofia has over a century of history, and it has trained thousands of students throughout the years. The school has modern teaching facilities and equipment, and medical students have the opportunity to propose their own research. The affordable tuition fees and living costs are additional advantages for international students.